Creating Equitable Learning Environments

Meeting the Needs of Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Students

Seattle University’s College of Education online Master’s Degree in Educating Non-Native English Speakers and our English Language Learner (ELL) endorsement are designed to provide professional educators with the invaluable skills and knowledge to support language acquisition and learning for K-12 students, as well as the ability to apply your new knowledge to classroom environments in real time.  Your experience begins in our English Language Learner Endorsement Academy with a progression to the English Language Learner Master’s Degree.

Students speak over 100 languages at home in our Washington state schools. Districts need teachers who are knowledgeable and skilled in working with these students, and this degree and endorsement meets that critical need today. Whether you are currently enrolled and are seeking to add the endorsement or interested in our master’s program, our flexible online program supports your needs as working education professional and leader.

 Empowered Leaders Take Charge for Change

The Educating Non-Native English Speakers graduate program emphasizes a sociocultural approach to the needs of English language learners that will build your knowledge and skills in working with students, as well as your leadership skills in advocating for them in larger systems. Here's how you’ll be prepared to navigate and shape the educational policies that serve ELL students at school, district and state levels:

Where Online Meets the Real World


A Critical Need: Teaching English Learners

EL students in Washington State

Who Speak Spanish

Home Languages

Are Spoken in Washington State Schools

School Districts in WA

Serve Students From 50 or More Language Groups


High Impact Program Offers Great Value

Our ELL endorsement and master's program prepares you to deliver on a critical need in your role as an educator and instructional leader to support students from varying language backgrounds. Our program is:

Cost Effective: By combining our ELL endorsement program of 24 continuing education (CEU) credits with an additional 24 credits of graduate coursework, our nationally recognized College of Education provides you a degree that costs 25% less than our typical master’s programs.

Convenient: Access online classes from wherever you work or live.

Relevant: Provides you with one of the most sought-after endorsements in today's classrooms.

ComprehensiveGives you the knowledge and skills to offer primary language acquisition support to pre-K-12, non-native English-speaking students.

EmpoweringPrepares you to be a leader and critical thinker with a comprehensive understanding of leadership, multicultural competencies, ethics and social justice.


Stackable Degree Credits: 1 Year + 1 Year

Credits to Endorsement
Credits to Master's

Only Seeking An ELL Endorsement?

Learn more how we provide Washington state teachers, regardless of where they live, affordable preparation for the required WEST-E exam.

ELL Endorsement Academy

Kerry Soo Von Esch

Advocate for Access to Quality Education

"Our program focuses on helping teachers to build their knowledge and skills in working with culturally and linguistically diverse students. We challenge a lot of the assumptions that teachers may have about students that speak other languages and their cultural backgrounds, because these affect the way that we interact with ELL students."

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Jessica Fenner

Senior Program Administrative Assistant 


Phone: (206) 296-5759

Building/Room: Loyola 506